Rachael Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
Increasing WIC participation by improving access
Access is a problem when it comes to Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participation, with many low-income families living in food deserts where WIC-approved goods are hard to find.
Report grades clinicians on implementation of guidelines to avoid peanut allergies
Peanut allergies are a big concern for parents when it comes to infant feeding. How can clinicians help?
Misshapen heads in infants create complicated assessment
A number of abnormal head shapes can occur during development in the womb. A recent guide is available to help pediatricians assess these issues and understand when to seek a referral.
Early GI upset can be a red flag for later food allergies
Recent study suggests avoidance may not be the best medicine.
Helping parents—and their kids—eat better
New research investigates just how much influence parents have on their child’s diet and how they can change it.
Researchers offer up tool for ethnic body fat measurements
Body mass index measurements don’t take into account the variations to body type by race or ethnicity. A new tool might fix that problem.
New studies support early exposure for allergy avoidance
A series of new reports backs earlier evidence that exposure to allergenic foods at a young age can help prevent the development of food allergies later on.
National diet guidelines includes infants and toddlers, offers food allergy prevention guidance
For the first time since it was first published in 1980, the Dietary Guidelines will include recommendations for children up to age 2 years and includes information on preventing food allergies.
Toddlers consuming nearly as much sugar as older kids
A recent report reveals just how much sugar infants and toddlers are eating—and it’s not pretty.
Stories and play could help increase vegetable intake
A recent study investigates how fun stories and engaging playtime can help increase vegetable intake among preschoolers.
WIC can benefit older siblings too
Even though they may be too old to participate in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), a new study shows that the program can help older kids eat better, too.
Impact of SNAP on food spending
For low-income families, securing an adequate supply of nutritious foods can be a challenge. There are public programs to help supplement grocery budgets, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) but do these help needy families improve their overall nutrition?
Feeding issues need a family approach
Parents and caregivers of children with feeding disorders face lot of hurdles. Pediatricians can help by providing family-centered holistic, well-rounded care that takes both medical and social issues into consideration.
Children who use WIC longer eat better
Children who are eligible in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and stay enrolled at least until age 2 years fare better than children who leave the program early, despite still being eligible.
Plant-based diets shine when looking at the gut microbiome
A recent study investigating how foods impact gut health in children points to plant-based proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and grains as key to a diverse and healthy microbiome.
Pediatricians urged to help guide better nutritional choices
A recent study investigates the quality of early childhood diets both at home and at school, and neither are where they need to be.
Can exposure to dust mite allergens in breast milk fight against food allergies?
A research team in Australia has tied early exposure dust mite allergens through breast milk to later development of food allergies.
What to consider with pediatric allergies
Contemporary Pediatrics sat down with Margaret T. Redmond, MD, a pediatric allergist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, to discuss how to manage allergies in general pediatric practice and when to seek help.
Overcoming food phobia
Different therapy techniques, including careful exposures, can help children with food allergies overcome crippling anxiety over allergic reactions, according to a new report.
Does oral immunotherapy work?
Oral immunotherapy is promising in the treatment of food allergies, but not every patient—and not every physician—can take it on.
Can breast milk protect against allergies?
An updated clinical report from AAP reviews whether breastfeeding can prevent certain allergies, and how early peanut feeding can help prevent a peanut allergy.
Study evaluates self-management strategies for allergies
Report reveals that many self-management techniques can help teenagers keep their allergies as well as asthma under control.
Transition from paper to EHRs creates both opportunities and problems
A recent report reveals some of the problems with electronic health records (EHRs), and what pediatricians can do to help.
Community-level changes can impact health outcomes
Although improvements are modest, community interventions may help improve health care usage.
Multiple nut allergies more common than previously thought
Children who are allergic to 1 type of nut are often allergic to multiple nuts or seeds, according to a recent report.
Gut bacterium linked to decreased food allergy risk
A recent study in Australia investigates whether a probiotic could help reduce food allergy development.
Primary care providers key to tobacco prevention in teens
A recent report emphasizes the work of primary care physicians in preventing tobacco use in teens, noting that prevention is the best tool to combat smoking initiation.
Nurture may trump nature when it comes to depression risks
A recent report followed thousands of siblings to see if genetics or environment played a greater role in depression development in high-risk children.
Children with cow’s milk allergies smaller, lighter than peers with nut allergies
A retrospective study reveals that children with cow’s milk allergies—and the restrictive diets they must follow—may negatively impact their growth and development in comparison to their peers with other food allergies.
Study suggests new strategies to combat peanut allergies bring both progress and controversy
There are a number of ways clinicians can tackle peanut allergies, but allergy screening and early peanut exposure are still up for debate.
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